I am pleased to present this edition of Texas A&M Engineer, devoted to our new headquarters for innovation and applied research, the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex.
The Bush Complex will position Texas A&M as a nexus for collaboration and high-tech testing in service of the nation’s security.
Prior to breaking ground in October 2019, we consulted scientists and engineers from the military, defense industry and tech sector to sharpen our focus on ensuring the complex meets vital unmet needs.
The Bush Complex will serve U.S. researchers from universities, the military and industry as they develop prototypes for new hardware, software, components, equipment and systems.
Our first project will support the U.S. Army’s mission to modernize. Texas A&M is one of a handful of U.S. universities that have forged partnerships with Army Futures Command to pursue emerging technologies.
Like other universities, Texas A&M is tapping into its formidable prowess in key fields of academic research to help deliver new capabilities faster than ever.
Unlike other universities, however, Texas A&M is building a $200 million, highly instrumented testing complex where the Army’s partners—and others—can demonstrate pilot technologies and engage key stakeholders.
The Texas A&M System is perfectly positioned to accelerate Army modernization through a one-of-a-kind combination of expertise, facilities, culture and organization.
Our culture of service grows out of a rich military tradition. Through the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, our university produces more U.S. officers than any university besides the nation’s service-branch academies.
Texas A&M will involve soldiers early and often with research engineers using an agile technology development process, an approach which the Army hopes will accelerate modernization.
This combination offers U.S. researchers, high-tech entrepreneurs and other critically important partners an unsurpassed opportunity to collaborate in service of the nation.
Together, we will be unstoppable.
M. Katherine Banks, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice Chancellor of Engineering and National Laboratories, The Texas A&M University System
Dean of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
University Distinguished Professor
Harold J. Haynes Dean’s Chair Professor